In Season: Kumquats
You don’t have to be at the Kumquat Festival in Dade City, Florida to appreciate the massive appeal of these tiny oranges. Although Dade City is considered to be the “kumquat capital of the United States,” the fruit originated in China, where its name roughly translates to “gold orange.” These cherry-sized ovals are packed full of potassium, vitamins A and C, and a generous hunk of fiber (yes, you are supposed to eat the skin). As such, the mini citrus blasts increase immunity, decrease risk of inflammation, cancer, and diabetes, and keep your ticker in working order. In season from January through April, kumquats’ stash of riboflavin will give you the jolt of energy you need to jumpstart your body after a long bout of winter lethargy. To get your fix, choose firm specimens that are bright orange, not tinted green. Store for up to 3 days on the counter or 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Other than just eating them raw, kumquats are often made into marmalades. We like adding them to a citrusy cocktail for added tartness. We came across Songa Designs International, an accessories line made by under-resourced women in Rwanda, East Africa. These women create beautiful jewelry while working towards economic independence for themselves and their families. The designs are handmade by the women using all natural, eco-friendly, and local materials, such as banana leaf fiber, sisal plant, pewter metal, recycled local fabric and paper beads, re-purposed cow horn, and seed beads. Each piece is unique and carries a meaning and story behind it. Visit their website to learn more about these strong women, earth-friendly fashion, and a great cause. // songadesigns.com Benzidene is a human and animal carcinogen found and permitted in Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6. In 1985, the FDA expressed that benzidene can increase cancer risk, but not to their threshold of concern—one cancer case in 1 million people.
February Correction: Our sincerest apologies go out to our readers and Kalot Superfoods. We misprinted their website in the February issue. The correct web address is kalotsuperfoods.com.